Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) education and outreach staff will host and participate in numerous virtual and in-person presentations for seniors groups, service providers, and the public throughout of April to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.
Most April outreach events will be held virtually and are open to the public, unless otherwise specified, and in partnership with the organizations listed.
For the general public
Popular scams and how to avoid them – a presentation that examines some of the common scams and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim – will be offered virtually at:
- Bosler Memorial Library at 158 W High Street in Carlisle (Cumberland County) April 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, email: [email protected]
- Easttown Library at 720 First Avenue at Berwyn (Chester County) April 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sign up: https://www.easttownlibrary.org/.
“BINGO Fraud” – a fun and interactive presentation teaching consumers how to protect themselves against investment fraud by playing a familiar game, BINGO! – will be presented to:
- Ephrata Public Library (virtual) at 550 S Reading Road at Ephrata (Lancaster County) April 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 717-738-9291.
- Cedar Grove BIC Church (in person) at 287 Deerville Road in mifflintown (Juniata County) on April 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information and to assist, contact: Dan Auker, District Manager for Representative Johnathan Hershey, 717-436-6001
- Warminster Township Library (virtual) in Warminster (Bucks County) April 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Register: https://calendar.buckslib.org/event/8780898
START (Start today and retire tomorrow) – a presentation on retirement planning – will be offered in person at the Malvern Public Library at 1 East 1st Avenue in Malvern (Chester County) April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registration: https://www.malvern-library.org/
Reverse mortgages – what can you expect? – an overview of reverse mortgages, including requirements, considerations, pros and cons – will be offered virtually at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library at 100 N 19th Street at camp hill (Cumberland County) April 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Register: https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/ENG
Avoid identity theft – Identity theft is a crime that can happen to anyone. Prevention is essential. Learn how it happens, how to protect yourself and what to do if it happens to you – will be offered virtually at the Pike County Public Library at 119 E Hartford Street at Milford (Pike County) April 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information and to register, contact: Michael Mele, Program Coordinator, 570-296-8211.
Cybersecurity – Protect yourself online – providing guidance for protecting your personal information when shopping securely online – will be presented virtually at the Bosler Memorial Library at Carlisle (Cumberland County) April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information and to register, email: [email protected]
Working with DoBS – an overview of the department, how to work with our outreach staff and how the Consumer Services Bureau team may be able to help consumers with questions or complaints about financial institutions – will be featured at New Horizon Senior Center at 100 Conway Ave in Narberth (Montgomery County) April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact: Judy Ringold, 610-664-2366.
Banking basics – an overview of the operation of banks and credit unions, the different types of accounts, balancing accounts; what to do if you’ve had banking problems in the past, what types of questions you should ask before opening an account, and what deposit insurance does and does not cover – will be offered in person at Charles T. Adams Active Adult Center at 5 East Market Street at Wilkes Barre (County of Lucerne) on April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, contact: Toni Mathis, Director, at: (570) 825-3484
$CAMJAM – a fun, interactive presentation including bingo and fraud and scam protection information will be offered at Messiah Lifeways, Hostetter Enrichment Center at 100 Mount Allen Drive in mecanicsburg (Cumberland County) April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scamjam-pathways-institute-for-lifelong-learning-tickets-308863036657.
“BINGO Fraud” will be presented in person at:
- Heritage Senior Center at 3700-4 Davidsburg Road in Dover (York County) April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact: Stacy Hieber, Assistant Director, 717-292-7471.
- Cranberry Township Senior Center at 2525 Rochester Rd Ste 421 at Cranberry Township (Butler County) April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information contact: Brittany Buzzelli, [email protected]
- Southeast Senior Center at 200 Brose Road in Pooch (Butler County) April 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information contact: Brittany Buzzelli, [email protected]
- Concordia Haven Apartments in Haven 1, 112 Marwood Road in Pooch (Butler County) April 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact: Chantelle Sweeney or Kasandra Walker, 724-352-1571
- Berks Encore-Strausstown at 44 East Avenue at Strausstown (Berks County) April 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact: Andrea Gebely, Center Operations Manager, 610-488-5770
Popular scams and how to avoid them will be offered in person at the Penns Creek Adult Resource Center at 3551 Richard Road at middleburg (Snyder County) April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Chris Erb, director, 570-837-6200.
For organizations and service providers
Save and invest PA! – a presentation for students introducing the basic concepts or saving and investing – will be presented at:
- Members of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) at Shippensburg University in Shippensbourg (Franklin County) April 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open to PBL members.
- Penn State Abington students at Abington (Montgomery County) April 7 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Open to students.
Preventing scams and identity theft with online security – a presentation on online safety and what to do if you are a victim of scams and/or identity theft – will be offered virtually to staff, parents and carers of people with disabilities in partnership with the Youth Advocacy Program April 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact: Lori Burrus, [email protected] or 717-269-7969.
Popular scams and how to avoid them will be offered virtually to the Lawrence County Chapter of PSEA Retired Members in New Castle (Lawrence County) April 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open to members.
START (Start today and retire tomorrow) will be offered in person at the Berks SHRM Chapter at the Berkshire County Club at 1637 Bernville Road in Reading (Berks County) April 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Open to members.
Bingo Fraud – will be presented to PASR Luzerne/Wyoming Chapter members at 4 Newberry Estates in dallas (Luzerne County) April 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Open to members.
DoBS staff and the Nurse Family Partnership of Lehigh Valley (Monroe County) will continue their nine-session series on financial security for new families, with sessions five and six covering “Insurance 101″ April 5 andThe fundamentals of banking in the 21st century » April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The program is open to participants of the partnership.
Avoid identity theft will be offered virtually to members of NARFE Chapter 0664 in philadelphia cream (Philadelphia County) April 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open to members.
Spending Plans – A Roadmap to Financial Success – a presentation on the need for a spending plan, setting financial goals, creating and maintaining a spending plan, and tracking your finances – will be presented in partnership with PA CareerLink in Lancaster (Lancaster County) April 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact: Manuel Luna-Murray, Bilingual Job Search Facilitator, 717-925-7394.
Exhibitions and legislative conferences
Outreach staff will be available at the following exhibitions and legislative conferences:
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Leadership Conference at Hershey Hotel and Conference Center in Hershey (Dauphin County) April 12 and 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Rep. Wendi Thomas’ Senior Expo at Spring Mill Manor at 171 Jacksonville Road in ivyland (Bucks County) April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Representative Nancy Guenst and Representative Ben Sanchez’ Senior Fair at the Giant Food Store at 315 York Road in willow grove (Montgomery County) April 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DoBS Investor Education and Consumer Outreach staff work with state and local government agencies, service providers, community and business organizations, the General Assembly, the military community, schools, and other partners to help Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth to be knowledgeable about the financial market.
Learn more about the free, non-commercial programs and presentations available or contact us to request a program tailored to your specific needs.
Check the department’s events calendar to find an event near you. Consumers and community groups can call 1-800-PA-BANKS or email [email protected] for more information. To learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, follow the department on Twitter and Facebook.
MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Lucy – 717.214.6036, [email protected]
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